Pat Sajak from Wheel of Fortune: wife, kids, net worth, what happened

Pat Sajak from Wheel of Fortune: wife, kids, net worth, what happened

Pat Sajak is an American media sensation. He has been in the industry for decades. The retired former weatherman at WSM-TV and talk show host at KNBC became famous for hosting KNBC's Wheel of Fortune, a popular TV game show in the USA. He is so good at his job that his show was suspended for a while when he went missing on set for almost a month. Pat is the real deal; therefore, without him, there is no show. He does not plan to stop hosting the show until 2022.

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The celebrity is believed to bag a salary of about $15 million. Pat Sajak net worth is estimated to be about $65 million thus making him 2019's most prosperous TV host. Pat earns approximately $52,083 per show. He is the chair of the board of directors at Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Pat Sajak profile summary

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  • Full name: Patrick Leonard Sajdak
  • Stage name: Pat Sajak
  • Gender: Male
  • Nationality: American
  • Date of birth: October 26, 1946
  • Age: Will be turning 74 in October 2020
  • Career: Television host, actor, and film producer

Pat Sajak biography

Pat Sajak's birthday is on October 26. He was born in the year 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. He graduated from Farragut High School 1964 and joined Columbia College Chicago. Pat served as Palmer House Hotel's desk clerk while he was still in college.

Is Pat Sajak gay? On 18th April 2004, the celebrity stated that he was heterosexual. He joked that his wife was taken aback by the news; hence she went in for therapy. Later, he announced on Twitter that he is straight.

Pat Sajak career

He was a disc jockey in the armed forces radio during the Vietnam War before shifting his career towards the media. His roommate in the army was Joe Moore, a renowned KHON-TV newscaster in Hawaii. Pat is a licensed helicopter pilot, and as a hockey fan, his favourite team is Los Angeles Kings.

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He was a weatherman at WSM-TV Nashville and hosted several game show pilots before landing a job at KNBC Los Angeles in 1975 as the host of Wheel of Fortune show.

Pat hosted the show alongside co-host Vanna White. In 1984, Pat was hired to host another game show called College Bowl. The US pop music magazine "Spin" mentioned him as co-composer for the thrash metal group Slayer in 2001. He has been a guest host in the following shows:

  • Super Password
  • Airplane II: The Sequel
  • Days of Our Lives
  • Late-Night Talk Show
  • Dream House
  • Larry King Live
  • Just Men!
  • Pat Sajak Weekend
  • The King of Queens

Pat Sajak family

Pat's step-father, Walter Backal, raised him. His mother, Joyce Helen Brandecka, remarried after his father Leonard Anthony passed away. Leonard was a factory worker, and he died while Pat was still young.

Pat's grandparents were of Polish descent. Who is Pat Sajak's wife? He met Lesly Brown after divorcing Sherrill, and they wedded in 1989 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, Maryland.

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His marriage to Sherrill lasted from 1979 to 1986. Pat and Lesley are parents to Patrick Michael James Sajak (1990) and Maggie Marie Sajak (1995). Lesley is a law graduate, former model, and a successful photographer. While Pat Sajak's daughter Maggie is a famous American country music singer, Patrick avoids being in the limelight.

What happened to Pat Sajak?

His fans when alarmed when Vann White stepped in for him for three weeks. Pat Sajak and Vann were a team for more than three decades; hence, the viewers of Wheel of Fortune show. Vann felt weird when Pat was absent.

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The host was ailing from a blocked intestine; consequently, he needed emergency surgery. The sudden news about Pat Sajak surgery from his daughter forced the television network to cancel the show until Sajak recovered and returned on set. The episodes he missed were re-aired.

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Pat Sajak and Vanna White

The two have worked for the same company for more than forty years and become best friends. They have never been in a relationship. Vann was engaged to John Gibson, but he died in a plane crash in 1986 before they got married.

She married George Santo Pietro in 1990 and divorced him in 2002. Later, she was engaged to Michael Kaye, but he also passed away before they had the chance to get married. Vanna and George Santo Pietro have two children.

Although Pat Sajak is one of the oldest television host s in America, he is still strong and plans to do more in his show. Americans love him because his talent is irreplaceable.

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